plantation weddings

The Gold Dust Wedding

From Memories of St. Martinville by Charles Larroque (1999, Pelican Publishing):

“Oak and Pine Alley was planted by the slaves of Charles Jerome Durand around 1829. The three-mile alley leading from the Bayou Teche to Durand’s house was a veritable landmark, leaving no doubt as to the social position of the property owner. Like the sugarcane he planted, Durand’s imagination knew no bounds. The plantation family was awakened each morning by servants spraying perfumed mists. After baths in scented waters, daily routines began with promenades in gold-ornamented carriages rivaling even those of Versailles.

In 1850, on the occasion of the simultaneous weddings of his two daughters, Durand’s slaves decorated the arboreal alley in a manner befitting his most eccentric nature. Prolific web-spinning spiders were brought in (some say from the nearby Atchafalaya Basin, others say from as far away as China) and were released in the trees to go about their arachnidan business. Then slaves went to their task of coating the dewy, billowing webs with gold and silver dust blown from bellows. And under this splendidly shimmering canopy proceeded the ethereal promenade of the wedding party and its two thousand guests.”

anonymous asked:

Hi, I want to first off thank you for taking the time to read my question. I'm writing a story revolving around objects (everyday and extraordinary) and was wondering if you have any references or lists on cursed and/or famous objects throughout history and fiction? Thank you again! You're awesome!

Well, I didn’t have a resource/information list before, but I do now! Important and cursed objects are awesome and can get super creepy, so this will be fun. Let’s start. (I’ll include some other stuff that I think might help as well, if you’re thinking of creating your own objects).

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Top 10 Creepy Cursed Objects
[Link includes information on: Maori Warrior Masks | Koh-i-Noor Diamond |Terra Cotta Army | Crying Boy Painting | Delhi Purple Sapphire | Hope Diamond | Uluru Rocks | Black Orlov | Blarney Stone Rocks | Iceman]

Cursed Antiques and Haunted Objects
[Background of this page is a little much to deal with, so I’ve picked out some of the more interesting objects included in their list]

  • The Woman of Lemb — This strange little artifact has done so much damage that it is commonly referred to as the ‘Goddess of Death,’ and remains under glass in a private section of a Scottish museum. Discovered in 1878 in Eastern Europe, in the village of Lemb, Cyprus, it has been dated to about 3500 B.C. and is believed to represent a goddess of that time by noted historians, but its exact placement in the pantheon of gods and goddesses remains a mystery. The statue is carved from pure limestone, and appears to have been done in a manner similar to fertility idols of the ancients…
  • Cloth Poppet — …were made by witches and other soothsayers of long ago to act as a fetish of a person. It was mostly used for malaise, but on occasion, some were used for healing. I bought this at an estate sale in New Hampshire, as is dated approximately from c. 1850 – 1900. The inside is made of herbs, defiantly lace, ivy and rose petals, as well as unprocessed cotton. We think it was used primarily as a love fetish for a loved one. Green signifies health issues, and the white buttons may mean to clear something. The linen cloth is cheaply made, and has been estimated as coming from either a laundry bag or a linen protector, so this would signify that the maker was poor, possibly a servant…
  • Crusader Rings 
  • Scarab Icons

10 Most Haunted Objects Of All Time
[Link includes information on: The Dibbuk Box, the contains an ancient, malevolent spirit | Annabelle, the doll possessed by a lying demon | The “eBay Haunted Painting” -causes sickness, screaming and fear | The Myrtles Plantation Mirror | Haunted Wedding Dress | Chairs that push people out of them and make people feel sick | Haunted doll (Robert) curses those who take his picture without permission | The Women from Lemb | “The Anguished Man” | The cursed ‘Chair of Death”]

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Top 10 Most Important Historical Finds

10 Most Amazing Ancient Objects of Mystery in History

101 Objects that Made America: America in the World
Pulled from the Smithsonian collections, these items range millennia, from pre-historic dinosaurs to the very first supercomputer

6 Famous Things From History That Didn’t Actually Exist

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10 Coolest Magical Items from Fiction
[Link includes information on: Truth Chain from Fablehaven Series | Hand of Midas from Alibaba and forty Thieves | Flying Carpet from One Thousand and One Nights | Eye and Hand of Vecna from Dungeons and Dragons Universe | Elder Wand from Harry Potter Series | Summoning Horn from Bartimeaus Trilogy | Magic Lamp from Aladdin | The Dagger of Time from Prince of Persia Franchise | One Ring from The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings]

The Coolest Fictional Objects You Most Want to Own

10 Amazing Mythological Objects
[Link includes information on: The Cintamani Stone | The Seven-League Boots | The Ring of Gyges | The Hand of Glory | Skatert Samobranka | The Book of Thoth | Helmet of Invisibility | The Spear of Destiny | The Argo | Dragon’s Teeth]

Some Wiki mega-lists:

Fictional Dolls & Dummies
Fictional Jewels
Mythological Objects
Time Viewing Devices
Fictional Weapons

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Gemstone meanings and properties 

Herb properties & uses

Magical Properties of Metal

Ideas on objects that could have significance

  • Everyday Objects: baskets, books, boxes, broaches, cups, furniture, pottery, rings (general jewelry), taxidermy, writing utensils
  • Oddities: animal bones, animal horns or antlers, animal skulls, antique books or documents, antique jewelry box, creepy dolls, haunted antique medical equipment, human bones, human skulls, preserved specimens
  • Large-Scale Objects and Locations: abandoned tunnels (with super secret corridors), areas that are located on intersecting ley lines, cursed bridges, cursed hotels, haunted & abandoned prisons/hospitals/institutions
  • Historic & Ancient Objects and Locations: ancient figurines, ancient pottery, art pieces (paintings, sculptures etc), crowns, executional artifacts & locations, giant ancient stone sites like Stonehenge or Easter Island, Indigenous Peoples’ cities/sites/homes, Indigenous Peoples’ weaponry, jewelry, swords or daggers

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I hope something in here helped! Happy writing! Xx

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anonymous asked:

Just a tidbit of info, colonel sanders didn't own a plantation or was in any way connected to slavery or the south really. He was from Henryville Indiana and my grandmother went to school with one of his siblings. So nah. Not really racist to "glorify" him. He was just a dude from Indiana who started a fast food chain.

update, i guess, on the colonel sanders lyft voice “ghost in the machine” situation

the mystery has been solved, with a relatively disappointing conclusion: yeah it was an official marketing ploy—albeit a mystifyingly concieved one. so there’s the “pull the mask off the monster and hey turns out it’s just a crooked theme park owner” scooby doo moment. no malevolent shade bound to my driver’s gps, no die-hard underground colonel sanders fan community

that said, ever since i wrote that post, i periodically get messages from anons telling me it was incorrect to imply that there could be uncomfortable racist overtones to celebrating the figure of colonel sanders 

and yeah, for the record, harlan sanders was born decades after the civil war. he was born in ohio. he apparently grew up in indiana. he was not a slave owner. he was just a midwest guy who sold southern-style fried chicken and who adopted the colonel persona after his friend the governor of kentucky “recommissioned” sanders as a kentucky colonel in 1950.

which is to say: just a white dude who in the midst of the growing civil rights movement was going around cosplaying as an old-timey southern colonel. it’s possible he wasn’t doing this in a hateful way (actually the governor who recommissioned him was lawrence weatherby, who supported desegregation) but it still feels, at best, a little tone deaf to me.

and regardless of whether or not it was meant with racism then, i would assert that in a country where white people have still never had to grapple with the true staggering human cost and legacy of slavery, you can’t divorce that kind of imagery (white guy in a southern-style old-fashioned white suit like the kind plantation owners wore) from the fact that people out there are still glorifying the old south and throwing plantation themed weddings and asking historical tour guides “yeah but slavery wasn’t really that bad, right? the house slaves had it pretty good, right?”

to be clear, i’m not saying it’s, like, klansman racist to download colonel sander’s voice to your gps. but i think a corporation continuing to promote this friendly cartoon character with all the visual echoes of a slave owner may contribute in some subtle minor way to a larger pattern of sanitizing a period of american history that should absolutely never be sanitized.

anyway i worry that my discussion of kfc and the ghost of its founder has accidentally resulted in free viral marketing so i would like to conclude by telling you my favorite colonel sanders fact i learned on this whole odyssey, which is that after he sold the franchise, the company changed the recipes and colonel sanders spent the rest of his life publicly, bitterly denouncing modern kfc gravy.

in 1978, a kfc in bowling green actually brought him to court for defamation due to an interview he gave to the courier-journal, which read in part:

“’My God, that gravy is horrible. They buy tap water for 15 to 20 cents a thousand gallons and then they mix it with flour and starch and end up with pure wallpaper paste. And I know wallpaper paste, by God, because I’ve seen my mother make it.’…To the `wallpaper paste’ they add some `sludge and sell it for 65 or 75 cents a pint. There’s no nutrition in it and they ought not to be allowed to sell it.’ “And another thing. That new `crispy recipe is nothing in the world but a damn fried doughball stuck on some chicken.’”

important takeaways here, i think:

1. symbols and their meanings across time are complicated, and require careful consideration

2. white america needs to take a deep breath and confront some ugly truths about our history

3. colonel sanders wound up not liking kfc that much

4. apparently he believed that regular gravy had nutritional value?

5. maybe colonel sanders does have a secret fan club after all because why else would internet strangers keep trying to defend his honor to me, a random girl they have never met who wrote a goofy tumblr post about a dead man one time.